The General and the Small Screen

  • Riccardo Brizzi
Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture book series (FPSC)


This chapter details the General’s appearances on television, from his first somewhat underwhelming speech on 13 June 1958 through to the magisterial speeches he made during the dramatic escalation of tensions in the Algerian crisis, when he famously addressed the French people dressed in military uniform. With the aid of advertising and communication experts, de Gaulle soon became the unrivalled artist of the small screen. Brizzi shows how his 76 televised speeches can be classified into press conferences—during which de Gaulle took stock of France international politics (the one during which de Gaulle announced that France was against Great Britain’s request to enter the common market was particularly memorable)—and speeches that were mainly connected to everyday politics and its problems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Brizzi
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  1. 1.University of BolognaBolognaItaly

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